Old Havana
Points of Interest & LandmarksHistoric Walking Areas
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Bohemian, rhythmically Latin, certainly picturesque and, above all, charming.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Robin M
    Letchworth Garden City, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Colonial architecture, great people and brilliant atmosphere.
    Old Havana is a real mix of old Architecture, bustling narrow streets and fascinating history. We spent 4 days at the Iberostar Parque in the centre of the district and had a great time. There are plenty of restaurants and whilst the menus are limited the food is good. The bars are brilliant and the Cuban people are a joy. This is a very poor country but in adversity the Cubans have found ingenious ways of making a living and their humour and general love of live makes this a great place to visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Jamie M
    Medicine Hat, Canada49 contributions
    So much History
    Highlight of my trip to Cuba. I have always wanted to see Havana and booked this trip a few months before our trip to Varadero. So much history, and beauty. It is great to see how much effort is going into the restoration of these magnificent buildings. So happy we made the trek.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 April 2023
  • pabilodeau
    Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
    Cultural and historical Old Havana
    We just returned from a 7-day vacation in Old Havana and stayed at the Iberostar Parque Central hotel perfectly located in the heart of the old city. My key recommendation is for you to bring US dollars in small denominations ($1,5,10,20). All tourist activities and restaurants request USD including taxis. You can also exchange dollars to Cuban Pesos for small purchases and the best exchange rate is still on the street using a local. Make sure you count your money and find a trusted person. Now Old Havana is quite an experience. You can see most attractions on foot walking from plaza to plaza using the Trip Advisor places to see. Make sure you go to the Malecon boulevard at sunset, see the 9 pm canon ceremony at Del Morro castle, visit the Capitolio building, the Grand Theatre, and Plaza Vieja. One of the best place to listen to Cuban salsa music is the hotel Inglaterra sidewalk bar on Paseo del Prado. Their national ballet performance was the highlight of our visit. P.S. Bring dog or cat food with you as their pets are going hungry. Hasta la vista amigo.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Jenn
    Canada2 contributions
    Local tour guide for Cuba
    We spent 7 days in Havana staying at the Iberostar Parque Central hotel in the Old Town. It is centrally located. Lots of historic buildings and plenty to do within walking distance of the hotel. Our travel agent connected us with a local tour guide, Humberto (Email: humbertomesa68@yahoo.es). He is very knowledgeable, friendly and a safe driver. He was accomodating to our requests. I learned so much about the history of Cuba that I would not have if I didn't have a local tour guide. He took us to an amazing restaurant near the historic grounds. I don't have anything negative to say about him. :) I would definitely recommend him.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Amr D
    Toronto, Canada2 contributions
    Beautiful city
    Havana is a captivating city that shines brightest during the winter months. With scorching summers and high humidity, the cooler winter season from November to March provides a more pleasant experience. Exploring the city’s rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture becomes a delight without the sweltering heat. Although the lack of a distinct tourist season means some shop closures, the overall charm and beauty of Havana make it one of the most alluring destinations for a winter getaway.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Kimberley S
    Miami, Florida1,163 contributions
    Finally Made it to Havana
    I was in awe from the moment I got off the plane. After years of yearning, I finally made it to Havana! As expressed by others, one feels like stepping back in time...not so much of a long time since I was born in Jamaica. There were quite a few similarities. Loved the architecture and the how interesting to observe the striking contrast from home. Otherwise it is a city and I prefer the country. The unexpected graffiti on random street corners, the constant noise, kids playing in the streets at night, neighbors greeting each other in the mornings. I will be back.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Alex
    Miami Beach, Florida8 contributions
    Real Havana is Old Havana
    Old Havana is a very picturesque city. We loved walking through its streets, it's like stepping back in time. There are different interesting museums like the Museum of Fine Arts. There are also small shopping where you can find souvenir. It's worth visiting!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
  • MK16003
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom69 contributions
    Interesting city
    I stayed three days in Havana Vieja which was about right. There are lots of interesting buildings, some in bad repair but a lot of renovations are underway at the moment. As with any capital city, there are scammers but they will take a polite 'No' and move on. The open top tourist bus is a great option to get an overview of the whole Havana area. Plenty of reasonably priced bars and restaurants also.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Ricardo R
    Mogi das Cruzes, SP1,813 contributions
    An old city like no other
    Therr are many old cities or casco viejos around the world, specially in spanish colonized countries but none lika Havana. The old buildings and decaying facades with old cars passing are images we can't see noehrre in the planet. This is what makes old Havana very singular.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Phil H
    3 contributions
    Stunning Havana Cuba
    Stunning is the first word that comes to mind when I reflect on my time in Old Havana, it's just stunning. It's historical context, architecture, and the Cuban people make it something special and it's a must see when you go to Cuba, which I highly recommend. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and the minute you see it in person, you will understand why. Pack your bags and head to Havana Cuba!!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 February 2024
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Phil H
3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Stunning is the first word that comes to mind when I reflect on my time in Old Havana, it's just stunning.

It's historical context, architecture, and the Cuban people make it something special and it's a must see when you go to Cuba, which I highly recommend.

It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and the minute you see it in person, you will understand why.

Pack your bags and head to Havana Cuba!!
Written 20 February 2024
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Journey551467
Overlea, MD3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Beautiful time, people were very nice , their hassle was tolerable. They have the best octopus salad I've ever had I just can't remember the restuarant name.
Written 3 February 2024
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ksarman
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar6,835 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Good vibes
Good mood
Obispo street
The different squares
They already did some
Superb nice renovation still to have lot of things to do but this old town part is fantastic
Do not forget a Chevrolet vintage car tour
Written 25 January 2024
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mellieann
Thornhill, Canada288 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
3 nights in old Havana is enough. Learned a lot about Cuba’s history and I sympathize that things are very hard right now and getting worse. However, I can’t get over how much we were harassed by people wanting to sell us services from changing money, taxi services, buying souvenirs, eating or drinking in restaurants or bars. It was relentless. When you go to eat anywhere, check the bill before paying, they quote one exchange rate and when the bill comes, the rate is different and obviously not in your favour. When we pointed it out, the owner got quite upset with us. Cubans like to tell tourists that Cuba is very safe with respect to theft or violent crime but they will take advantage of capitalists without any shame or guilt. It really put a bad taste in my mouth, I will never return.
Written 19 January 2024
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Ricardo R
Mogi das Cruzes, SP1,813 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Therr are many old cities or casco viejos around the world, specially in spanish colonized countries but none lika Havana. The old buildings and decaying facades with old cars passing are images we can't see noehrre in the planet. This is what makes old Havana very singular.
Written 18 January 2024
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liz w
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Solo
Thank you for a wonderful stay at your guesthouse, Art Studio Hanana. I will certainly recommend it to anyone looking for quiet accommodations with tasteful artistic decor, helpful staff and good food!
Written 17 January 2024
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Sasha138
London, UK273 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Rent a hassle mob central. Poverty is very high in old Habana. Prepared to be hassled by everyone for money, dollars and euro works best for them. Then there are the tourist guides that will come up to you whilst you are eating to hassle you into taking a tour in particular in an old classic car for the rate of of a minimum of 35 Euros per hour. Some are scam artists whilst others are not. Hygiene is equally poor here so be aware of that. Stray dogs and bad sewage works so be careful where you tread. Its an experience you can admire for the architecture for sure but is is worth the hassle? I will leave that one up to you.
Written 2 January 2024
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Bill2025
Surrey, Canada212 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Old Havana is just that old buildings with a mix of upscale restaurants and hotels. There are lots of stray dogs roaming around and doing their business on the sidewalks and streets. I’m talking dog crap everywhere. Most bars and restaurants don’t have toilet paper so bring your own. Overall, it’s a good place to visit.
Written 28 December 2023
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MK16003
Greater Manchester, UK69 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
I stayed three days in Havana Vieja which was about right. There are lots of interesting buildings, some in bad repair but a lot of renovations are underway at the moment. As with any capital city, there are scammers but they will take a polite 'No' and move on. The open top tourist bus is a great option to get an overview of the whole Havana area. Plenty of reasonably priced bars and restaurants also.
Written 26 November 2023
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jennifer j
4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Havana is sad, there are good Cuban people but they are repressed. Use Cuba currency better value that USD. Litter is horrendous, 2 night max then move out of the City. Don’t go with anyone in Havana stay on busy streets, be aware of your surroundings
Written 25 November 2023
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